Seeds Monthly – August 2018

Introducing ‘Three Sides Podcast’ “Three Sides” is a new monthly podcast featuring stories from the ELCA. As a church that believes God is calling us into the world – together, “Three Sides” will share diverse voices from across this church. Typically, it’s said there are two sides to every story. But often a middle or …

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Musician Sought at Prince of Peace, Woodridge

IMMEDIATE MUSICIAN OPENING: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Woodridge, IL, is seeking a part-time musician (organ preferred, piano required) to support our Sunday Service and Adult Choir. This is a year-round position serving a small congregation in the Western Suburbs. Responsibilities: • Lead congregation with weekly hymns and service music for one (1) …

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Effective Preaching for Today Registration

Fill out the registration form below for “Effective Preaching for Today” Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at Christ, Belvidere Find out more… If mailing a check, please send to Northern Illinois Synod, Nancy Corey, Registrar Augustana College, 639 38th Street Rock Island IL 61201

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Full-time youth director sought

St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Kenosha, WI seeks a full-time youth director. The Youth Director will partner with our youth committee and adult leaders to lead our vibrant Middle School (FISH) and High School (Fusion) youth ministries, so that all youth they encounter will learn about, grow in a relationship with, and share their love …

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Bringing the Gathering Home

Post-Gathering materials Our post-Gathering materials are ready! The Gathering shouldn’t just stay in Houston. It needs to be brought home and shared and lived. It’s too much a part of each of our stories to let it stop on July 1! These resources are designed to help your group think about how they will continue …

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ELCA seeks an Executive Director for Domestic Mission

The ELCA is searching for an Executive Director for Domestic Mission. A copy of the Position Profile is below. This senior leadership position brings decisive and visionary leadership to this unit charged with wide-ranging work and relationships with churchwide units, synods, congregations, and other partners. The work involves equipping synods and congregations; developing new ministries, seeking to renew strategic ministries; and working with synods and congregations in …

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ELCA Foundation seeks a Director of Gift Planning

The ELCA Foundation is searching for a Director of Gift Planning. A copy of the Position Profile is below. There are two key responsibilities for this leadership position: Through the direct supervision of a national staff of about 20 regional gift planners (coaching and managing), lead and manage a robust fund-raising program to identify, cultivate, solicit and steward prospective donors of current …

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Junior High Retreat

Crazy Love! God’s Radical Affection for Us featuring Agape and Pastor Maggie Falenschek November 9-11 $145 per person includes lodging, programming, and food Contact LOMC at 815-732-2220 or registrations@lomc.org

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Senior High Youth Summer Glow with Bishop Clements

Rockford Area Lutheran Ministries (RALM) invites high school youth and youth leaders to Summer Glow with Bishop Clements on Sunday, September 16 at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 675 N Mulford Rd., Rockford. Please extend this invitation to your congregation. All high school youth are encouraged to come, especially those who went on a trip with …

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We are the branches – Presiding Bishop Eaton

We are the branches: In her August column for Living Lutheran, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, asks, “Is it possible to be Lutheran and an ecumenist?” Yes, of course. For we are “scripturally, confessionally and even constitutionally wired to be an ecumenical church.” Read her column in English at https://bit.ly/2MhhULu and in Spanish at https://bit.ly/2ORpQ7X.

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Annual Swedish Service at Jenny Lind Chapel

Pastor Jeff Linman will be the preacher at the annual Swedish Service at the Jenny Lind Chapel in Andover on Sunday, September 30, at 4 pm.  He completed his call as part-time Pastor of Renewal and Redevelopment at First Lutheran Church in Monmouth August 31 and joined the Retired Roster September 1. The 30th will be …

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…for Linnea Gustafson at the death of her mother, Miriam

Linnea Gustafson’s (Redeemer, Kewanee) mother, Miriam died July 24. Please keep Linnea and family in your prayers. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, July 28 at Zion Lutheran Church in Kewanee. Pastor Kristine Dohrmann will officiate. Visitation will be held from 4:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, July 27 at the church. Burial will be …

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Seeds Monthly – July 2018

2021 ELCA Youth Gathering to be held in Minneapolis From June 27 to July 1, more than 30,000 youth and adult leaders met in Houston for the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering. Through days spent in interactive learning, worship, Bible study, service and fellowship, young people grew in faith and were challenged and inspired to live …

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ELCA Annual Yearbooks

Now that the ELCA is no longer supplying annual printed yearbooks, how do we find information on churchwide Staff, congregations, and rostered ministers? The 2018 ELCA yearbook is now online and known as the ELCA Directory. Just as the printing press changed the world during Martin Luther’s time, so the digitization of data and the …

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Annual Enrollment Heads Up!

Your Partner in Ministry Greetings from Portico! It’s hard to believe … Annual Enrollment season is already approaching. In mid-August, we’ll be emailing you information about 2019 rates, specific dates, and a link to your 2019 Custom Comparison Report! Here’s a quick overview: September — When your organization decides which health benefit option to offer …

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Register for PLC

Register online today for the 2018 NIS Professional Leaders Conference, September 10-12 at Sinsinawa Mound Retreat Center. Renewing the Wisdom Tradition in a ‘Post-Truth’ Era will be led by Dr. Benjamin M. Stewart, the Gordon A. Braatz Associate Professor of Worship, Director of Advanced Studies at Lutheran School of Theology, Chicago and Richard Bruxvoort-Colligan from Strawberry Point, …

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Church Organist/Pianist Needed at St. Paul, Sterling

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Sterling, an established and growing congregation, is looking for an organist/pianist for our 9 a.m. traditional worship service. Schedule includes playing for one or more Sundays per month and (as schedules allow) other liturgical worship services (Ash Wednesday, Good Friday, and other Holy Days); it also may include playing for …

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ELCA Worship News July 2018

Greetings, In the June edition of Worship News, the ELCA Worship staff was very busy preparing for having a presence in the Interactive Center at the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston. We are now on the other side of that event and wow, what rich and full days they were! It was a joy for …

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Living Lutheran July 24, 2018

Reading Scripture with questions engaged Growing up as an evangelical Christian in the Bible Belt, Rachel Held Evans used to love reading the Bible. But as her faith changed, she grew weary of the black-and-white interpretation of her. … continue Health volunteers offer care, encounter grace “We were infused with the grace of God right away …

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ELCA Disability Ministries Newsletter July 2018

Thank you for taking the time to read the summer edition of the ELCA Disability Ministries Newsletter! I’m Chris, editor of the newsletter and member of the Disability Ministries team, here to share what we’re part of this summer. Summer is a time to strengthen the bonds of community and fellowship by spending time with …

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Come and See diakonia!

NIS diakonia is having a “Come and See” event for prospective students and others who are interested in the program at St. Mark in Rockford on Wednesday, July 25, at 7 p.m. This event will introduce participants to this program of lay theological education and will answer questions about the commitment involved, costs, course topics, …

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WELCA News – Reminder: Summer is a great time of year

Raising awareness about human trafficking Women of the ELCA staff and volunteers spent the last days of June (and the first day of July) in Houston at the ELCA Youth Gathering raising awareness about human trafficking. Two organizations in the area are receiving the hygiene kits assembled by 30,000-plus youth at the gathering. Your donations to pay …

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Church Musician sought

Immanuel Lutheran Church, Clinton, IA seeks an organist/pianist. Responsibilities include playing for all regularly scheduled worship services, including Sunday mornings, special services, and funerals. For a full job description, please call (563) 242-4229 or email immanuel1872@msn.com.

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Discovering Hope; Building Vitality in Your Congregation

Registration is now closed. The Discovering Hope; Building Vitality in Your Congregation conference is sponsored by the Congregational Vitality Team, ELCA Domestic Mission. The event is being held at St. Mark Lutheran Church, 200 S. Main St., Washington, IL, on Saturday, October 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. We gladly invite your congregation to send …

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LivingLutheran Stories – July 10, 2018

Deeply engaged, boldly acting Last week, more than 350 ELCA clergy and lay people sent a letter titled #MoreThanStatements to ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton and the ELCA Church Council encouraging the church to take bold … continue   Summer not-to-do list for Lutheran parents I want to experience the goodness that summer has to offer, …

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The Gathering is over. Now what?

Now what? Upon returning home, youth leaders have the lofty task of transitioning their youth from the euphoria of the Gathering to the normalcy back home. Fortunately, we have a list of tips to ensure that the energy of the Gathering doesn’t get lost during the transition:

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Coffee with the Bishop

Mark your calendars and plan to attend a Coffee with the Bishop at one of several locations this fall. Sunday, September 23 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. First, Freeport Saturday, October 20 – 10:00-11:30 a.m. Zion, Belvidere Saturday, October 20 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. Immanuel, Amboy Sunday, November 4 – 2:00-3:30 p.m. First, Galesburg Sunday, November 18 – …

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Reception to Welcome Faustina Nillan Manyangu

Karibu Sana! Please join us as we welcome Ms. Faustina Nillan Manyangu to the Northern Illinois Synod. A reception in her honor is planned for July 19, 1:30 to 3:30pm at the NIS office, 103 W. State St., Rockford. She will be joining us following time at the United Nations. Light refreshments will be served. Contact gerickson@nisynod.org for more information. Faustina Nillan serves …

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2018 diakonia Retreat

Saturday, October 20, at Lutheran Outdoor Ministries Center near Oregon, IL. The day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m.  The program begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. with worship (we’ll be completely finished by 3 p.m.). Retreat Speaker:  The Rev. Dr. Stephen P. Bouman, Director of Domestic Missions for the ELCA and …

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Augsburg Fortress Music Newsletter – June 2018

Attending AGO? We look forward to the opportunity to visit with many of you at the biennial national conference of The American Guild of Organists in Kansas City. This conference is always a highlight for us! Be sure to attend our reading session on Friday from 11 AM – 11:45 AM in the Empire Room. …

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Seeds Monthly – June 2018

Watch live video from the ELCA Youth Gathering The ELCA Youth Gathering starts next week! If you’re interested in seeing what our youth are experiencing, you can watch live video from the event. Throughout the week, all video will be available on the Youth Gathering homepage at ELCA.org/gathering. The ELCA Youth Gathering will be livestreaming: MYLE …

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Meet and Greet with ELCA Missionary, Rev. Mawien Ariik

Come join us as he shares stories of the new South Sudan Reconciliation Lutheran Church, Community Center and Health Clinic. Light dinner will be served. Wednesday July 18, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Christ Lutheran Church – 425 Riverside Road, Belvidere, Illinois 61008 Please RSVP to Rahel Mwitula Williams at rahel.mwitula-williams@elca.org  Download a flyer  

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2018 diakonia Graduation

3 p.m., Sunday, July 8, at First Lutheran Church, Rockford 225 S 3rd St Rockford, Illinois 61104-2035 Rostered ministers and diakonia graduates are invited to robe and process (the color of the day is red). Honored guest will be Bishop H. Jeffrey Clements of the Northern Illinois Synod, who will preach at the service. A …

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